President Theodore Roosevelt, whose presence is still very much felt along Long Island’s North Shore, said that: “Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us to restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.”
Some of Chuck’s first debates on the Assembly floor were in support of Tom DiNapoli’s efforts to pass the “Bigger Better Bottle Bill,” which would only be enacted into law after the Democrats regained the State Senate in 2009. That law, fiercely resisted by the powerful bottling industry for nearly 30 years, made water bottles subject to a 5 cent refundable deposit. The result is that the recycling rate for the more than 3 billion bottles of water sold in New York has increased dramatically and we no longer see the empty bottles littering our streets, parks and highways.
The prestigious New York League of Conservation Voters has consistently awarded Chuck its highest ratings. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Chuck Lavine, an acknowledged fighter for the preservation of our natural resources, represents the 13th Assembly District in Albany. After all, its iconic image is Sagamore Hill, President Roosevelt’s beloved home.